If you’re planning a brown-themed wedding, it’s not a bad idea to take things up a notch by bringing a touch of the Wild West to your special day. Rustic, exquisitely elegant, with a timeless classic charm, these weddings can easily be achieved with just a few special touches. Contrary to what most people believe, brown Western weddings aren’t at all that complicated. All you need is a lot of creativity, some careful planning and a bit of imagination to achieve what’s bound to be a marvelously dreamy wedding.
A brown western decor, for example, can very easily be achieved by going for a brown wedding dress or tux. While this may sound unconventional, it certainly is a fabulous idea for couples who don’t want to be restricted by traditions. In fact, come to think of it, why don’t both of you don typical Wild Western attires to get hitched? A cowboy outfit, complete with the hat, will certainly make quite a striking impression, especially if you’re having an informal or Vegas drive-through wedding. For a more toned-down and traditional look, however, don’t hesitate to wear your traditional white dress with a brown sash or maybe even brown cowboy boots.
Brown cowboy boots aren’t such a bad options for bridesmaids as well, especially if they’ll be wearing Western dresses for the big day. Remember that there’s no actual rule which dictates that they should imperatively wear dresses: Pocahontas-like outfits or even brown dresses and skirts will remain quite in line with the overall theme of the day.
As far as your wedding cake goes, it’s important for you to stick to the theme. Forget about hearts and flowers pastel-hued cakes. This is the time to get the guns out and really show your wild side. Square brown cakes, with maybe some boots-shaped icing will definitely draw attention to your rustic side. Alternatively, you can very easily add a few western touches by going for brown table settings, brown wooden chairs or maybe even some brown bows around the pews or chairs.
A brown-themed western wedding is also quite rustic, so, it’s a good idea to stick to country dishes like hash browns, mashed potatoes, fried chicken or fish and the likes. As far as the wedding favors go, stick to engraved rustic pens, miniature faux leather pouches, potpourris, mini ornamental horseshoes and other such items. It’s also important to select an adequate location such as a barn or even a vineyard.
Nothing screams romance more than a good old Disney movie. Indeed, with its deeply comforting thematic, the happily ever after and the much-awaited kiss between the Prince and the Princess, these movies will certainly infuse a deeply romantic and magical touch to your special day. Best of all, it’s quite easy to bring a Disney theme to your big day, without breaking the bank.
Fret not: there’s no need for you to fly to Disneyland for your wedding. While it certainly pays off to indulge in a fairytale-like decor and location, couples who are on a restricted budget can very easily go for an enticing backdrop for their Disney wedding. In fact, there are quite a few companies that cater to theme weddings. Some of them can even provide you with a Disneyworld backdrop, complete with Cinderella’s castle. Bear in mind that strings of fairy lights, colored lamps and sparkles will certainly bring this fairytale-like atmosphere to your special day.
Of course, since the main focus of the day will be on the bride and groom, it’s important for the two of you to really dress the part. There’s no reason why you can’t don typical Disney attires for the wedding. The groom, for example, can dress up in Prince Charming outfit, while the bride will look absolutely fabulous in a flared, sparkling Disney-like dress. To turn up the charm a notch, why don’t you hire a couple of Disney performers who can dress up in Mickey and Minnie costumes? This is a particularly good idea if you’re expecting a lot of children at the ceremony.
Being another main centerpiece of your wedding day, the cake should also reflect the overall mood of the day. Fortunately, there are quite a few varieties of Disney-related cakes which you can chose from. For instance, while some couples chose to go all the way and opt for an extravagant fairytale castle-shaped cake, others decide to tone it down by going for a simpler, albeit just as romantic cake. Another option would be to ask your baker to add a sentimental message to your wedding cake. Examples include “Happily Ever After”, “Far Longer than Forever” and the likes.
Don’t forget that it’s important to pay attention to your wedding dance song as well. Disney’s famous “Whole New World” song certainly has the perfect lyrics that reflect the start of a new life together as husband and wife.
Choosing a wedding cake is both a fun and a challenging task for just about any couple. The fun bit is, you get to taste and sample quite a lot of cake and enjoy these delicacies to your heart’s content. The challenge, however, is when you realize that the market is oozing with an insane amount and variety of cakes that will make it so much more difficult for you to choose only one. Of course, if you can afford it, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t go for two cakes, hence making the selection process even easier.
So, read on to learn how to easily choose your wedding cake– not matter what your budget or personal taste is.
Decide whether you want something simple or extravagant
As obvious as it may seem, most couples don’t even think about whether they’d like a simple or an extravagant cake until they reach the cake shop. This concludes with both the bride and the groom being overwhelmed by the sheer varieties of cake on display, which can ultimately lead to a poor judgment call and the wrong cake.
The easiest way to determine whether you’d like a large or small cake is obviously by going over the guest list and counting the number of people who will be attending your wedding. Having said that, bear in mind that, if you’re not on a budget, there’s no reason why you should have an extravagant cake even if you’re holding a small ceremony. An extravagant cake will allow room for several personalized touches such as a mini replica of the church in which you’re tying the knot.
Sample the cake on displays
Cake shops are notorious for their alluring display of wedding cakes. The sugary scents, the exquisitely crafted flowers and the light, airy sponges are enough to crack even the toughest of pre-wedding dieters. However, it’s quite crucial for the actual couple to sample the wedding cakes instead of sending the groomsmen or bridesmaids for a test.
Make sure to eat before you go to your cake sampling: several people are under the illusion that it’s best to go to a cake testing on an empty stomach because that will help them appreciate the taste even better. This is unfortunately not the case. If you sample your cake on an empty stomach, you’ll automatically find everything super tasty, which can be quite derivative to the whole purpose of the cake testing. It’s equally important to have a mint or, at the very least, a minty drink to sip on as you alternate between different cakes and flavors to clear your palate.
From Princess Diana’s ultra-famous wedding dress to Anne Hathaway’s pink-tinted frock, celebrity wedding dresses have inspired brides from all over the world. Indeed, bridal and fashion magazines alike are simply brimming with blown-up pictures of celebrity brides which can later be transposed into similar replicas.
At Jamie Oliver’s wedding, for example, all eyes were focused on the bride as she came gliding down the aisle in a strikingly attractive white and grey dress with block patterns. Simple, albeit elegant, Jools Oliver’s wedding frock was shimmery enough to catch and reflect the light with every move. While her dress was unconventionally grey with a hint of silver, she decided to stick to tradition by donning a rather longish, white veil with tiny stones studded all around.
No one can speak of world-famous celebrity dresses without bringing up the gloriously elegant, extravagant Vera Wang frock that Sarah Jessica Parker donned in “Sex and the City, The Movie.” While she might not have worn this dress in real life, it made enough of an impression in the movie for brides all over the world to rush to the closet Vera Wang and procure this jaw-dropping frock. With its white and ivory layers, perfect fairytale princess hem and exquisite veil, Sarah Jessica Parker’s movie wedding dress is bound to flatter just about any body shape.
Another equally extravagant celebrity bridal attire is Kim Kardashian’s wedding dress. She might be far from being an A-list celebrity, yet, this starlet did somehow manage to select a striking outfit for her wedding day. However, her frothy, billowy tulle skirt would have been better suited on a bride with slimmer features. While the dress was certainly on the sophisticated side, it didn’t do any favors to Kim’s plump body. So, if you’re lucky enough to be tall and slim, then by all means, don’t hesitate to go for a replica of this magical, ball gown-like dress.
Someone who did manage to select the perfect dress for her body shape was Keira Knightley. By no means conventional, her dress was quite short and billowy with a grey skirt. In fact, the Channel dress was casual enough for Keira to recycle it at an Awards’ Ceremony. This is definitely the type of gown that would suit any contemporary bride who isn’t afraid to break free from tradition in favor and explore new boundaries.
And of course, no one can even think of celebrity wedding dresses without mentioning the most iconic one of them all: made from yards and yards of ivory taffeta, Lady Diana Spencer’s wedding dress had jaws dropping when she got out of the carriage. With its unique twenty-five feet train, this frock remained quite unique in the sense that there’s never been another one quite like it. The billowy sleeves, sweetheart neckline and long, gauzy veil even had the wedding announcer made the famous comment: “Here’s the stuff of which fairytales are made.”
While weddings are always extremely emotional, there are some easy steps which you can adopt to make it even more sentimental. From the always-popular digital dioramas to a poetic exchange of the vows, couples can certainly make the most out of a few inexpensive albeit imaginative ideas that will bring tears to the eyes of even the most hardened guest.
An exquisitely sentimental touch, for example, would be to play a slow and meaningful tune to serenade the bride as she walks down the aisle, instead of the usual “Here comes the Bride” music. Popular choices include “Thousand Years”, “Heaven” and “Chasing Cars” among others. Don’t forget that the tune of your choice can either be with or without lyrics. Sometimes just the music is fine so whether you’re looking for a piano, cello, flute or violin track, make sure to find the piece of music that reflects your relationship.
Another highly sentimental touch would be to place framed photos of the happy couple around the reception. If you’re holding an outdoors reception, you can even string miniature photo frames to tree branches. Hanging them to fairy lights will also leave quite an impression on your guests.
Yet another sentimental wedding touch which would undoubtedly mean a lot to the bride is to have both parents walk her down the aisle. Indeed, the sad truth is that mothers are much too often neglected during weddings. So, it’s not a bad idea to create a wide enough aisle for both parents to accompany you. In fact, to make things even more emotional, the groom’s parents can even walk him towards the altar to wait for his bride. The same goes for the famous father-daughter dance: try to divide the dance between both your mother and father or, better yet, the three of you could share the dance together.
One sentimental moment that will definitely tug at anyone’s heartstrings is that very first look between the bride and the groom. This tradition is growing in popularity and it basically involves the yet-to-be-married couple as they share a private moment away from the guests to look at each other before the ceremony. Indeed, the first look moment can be a highly emotional one and most couple choose to share this moment in private. After all, this is the first time that he’ll see her all decked up as his bride to-be, something which reduces most grooms to tears.
While we all dream of a smooth sailing on your wedding day, the unfortunate truth is that wedding planning is dotted with various problems and challenges. There are, thankfully, quite a few easy measures that you can adopt to overcome the most common wedding planning problems. The main thing to remember is that you should first be practical and try to think outside the box: just because your best friend got married in a huge hall doesn’t mean you should do the same if you can’t afford it.
One of the typical problematic encounters that most couples have to face is the fact that they invited too many guests. This can cause quite a challenge to you, especially if you’re on a restricted budget. Indeed, too many couples get carried away as they draw up the guest list and they end up inviting everyone from Great-Uncle Alf to your boss’s ex-girlfriend. Not only will this present you with some serious monetary challenges but it will also be quite rude to your guests because you won’t be able to properly welcome each and every one. Besides, if you have too many guests and not enough funds, you’ll end up skimping on important things such as the wedding buffet and favors.
Speaking of which, it’s extremely important to attach an RSVP card to your invitation or send it separately. This will help you draw out a proper budget and prepare the approximate number of seats and favors for your guests. Another common wedding planning problem that you’ll have to face is the location. We all want to get married in a wide, airy and dreamy area that will look great in pictures. But, to avoid straining your budget to the maximum, be sure to skip overly expensive locations in exchange for a cheaper albeit cozier place. Good ideas include farmyards or ranches or even cozy B&B’s.
Pay close attention to the wedding buffet as well. A very popular mistake is to include hard to handle and messy dishes such as lasagna, overly-creamy salads and the likes. This can be quite problematic to guests because most of them will be decked in their most expensive attires and would probably want to avoid any spills and stains. Remember that toothpicks are your best friends in such cases: hors d’oeuvres and other such finger snacks can hence be easily picked up without staining the fingers. Steaks, roast chicken and fried fish are other easy options.
Fall weddings are not unlike romantic Disney weddings: the golden sprinkling of leaves, the spicy, nutty and pumpkin scents in the air…this season is undoubtedly one of the most sensual parts of the year. This is why it’s so easy to present your guests with various types of fall wedding favors. From pine nuts potpourri or even packed slices of pumpkin pies, you certainly have quite a few choices to pick from.
So, scroll down to familiarize yourself with some of the best wedding favors that will reap quite a few happy guests.
Nothing screams falls more than the classic scents of dried leaves and pumpkin. And there’s no easier way to immortalize these fragrances than to present each guest with a fall-scented candle. Favor scents such as cinnamon, apple, pumpkin, nutmeg or even dried autumn leaves. For a more striking effect, try to go for candles that offer combined fragrances like chocolate and cinnamon or even orange and pumpkin.
Everybody needs home wares. From vases to bowls, plates, kettles or even jars, you can definitely find an extended array of home wares which will reflect the nostalgic mood and colors that usually accompany fall. A small pumpkin-shaped jar, for example, is bound to be useful in just about any household.
Similarly, you may even present your guests with any home ware that bears the typical fall hues of orange, green, dark red, yellow, or brown. For a more special touch, consider handing each guest a jar of spiced apple cake prior to the ceremony.
Fall gift box
If you’re not sure what to give your guests, why not go for a fall gift box? This can contain several different items such as spiced apple soap, candied maple leaves, sachets of hot chocolate and cinnamon mix and other such items.
Of course, you should absolutely pay close attention to the packaging. Bear in mind that your fall wedding gift favors won’t stand out as much if they’re wrapped in those typically shiny wraps. Be sure to select flowery papers in pale orange, brown or green. If you can afford it, you can even tuck a small fall bouquet with the gift box.
While it certainly is a nice touch to add some fall souvenirs to your wedding favors, don’t forget that you can obviously go for traditional gifts as well. A mini bottle of red wine paired with a small individual pumpkin pie will satisfy any guest!
If you’ve always dreamt of having an outdoors wedding, but if you’re getting married during the winter, don’t panic: contrary to what most people believe, it’s not such a difficult task to pull off a successful outdoors wedding during the winter.
It does, however, require quite a fair amount of planning and arrangement to make sure that both your you and your guests are as comfortable as can be. For starters, know your limits: you might have always wanted to have an outdoors wedding but a below zero temperature might put most of your guests off the wedding. No one wants to sit outside during an ice storm, no matter how close they are to the bride and groom. In fact, if you’re reckless about hosting an outdoors winter wedding, you might even end up losing most of your wedding vendors, especially the videographer, cameraman or even DJ.
Having said that, if the weather conditions aren’t too hostile, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t hold a great outdoors winter wedding. For example, you can have ushers pass on new complementary scarves and gloves for each guest to wear during the ceremony. Think about your bridesmaids as well: instead of imposing your dress choice on them, allow them to pick out their own dresses and see which outfit they would feel more comfortable in. Faux fur coats and shrugs are fantastic options for both the bride and her bridesmaids. By that same token, the groom and groomsmen can don thick, floor-length coats over their suits.
Winter often rhymes with strong winds or maybe even gales. This is why it’s also important to invest in a sturdy gazebo or tent to host the reception. This can be quite an advantage because it will allow you to string some fairy lights, hence adding some extra decor. In fact, there’s no reason why you can’t hold the actual ceremony right under the gazebo, especially if there’s chances of snow.
To show your guests that you really appreciate their presence, be sure to hire an usher to pass around mugs of hot cocoa prior to the ceremony. After all, everyone loves hot chocolate, right? You may even have a tea, hot chocolate and coffee station at the reception. Similarly, skip the light wedding nibbles in favor of hot and filling dishes which will bring some added warmth to your guests after the ceremony. Think fried chicken, baked or whipped potatoes, macaroni and cheese and the likes. These may not be the type of dishes that you’ll typically find on wedding buffet tables, but, they’re definitely the sort of food that anyone would appreciate during winter.
Who doesn’t love vintage weddings? The old fashioned, Scarlet O’Hara dresses, the soft blue, pink and beige pastels, the groomsmen in suspenders and other such touches are more than enough to wow even the toughest of critics. However, while vintage weddings are certainly growing in popularity, there’s no denying that, with the amount of people adopting this theme, these ceremonies are gradually losing their charm.
So, if you want to stand out from the crowd, be sure to add some special touches that will enhance your vintage wedding theme while providing a stunning visual effect.
Vintage clothing for the entire bridal party
It definitely goes without saying that the bride should preferably be dressed in a vintage-theme gown. Of course, there are quite a few eras to choose from, so you’ll certainly have a wide variety of choices. Whether you want to go for a puffy 30’s ball gown or a slinky 20’s wedding dress, be sure to accessorize it with the proper vintage accessories. Chocker necklaces, 20’s headbands and anklets are all items that will instantly draw attention to the old-fashioned atmosphere.
For a more pronounced vintage feel, the groom, as well as the groomsmen and bridesmaids can also dress up in vintage clothes. Don’t be afraid to push the boundaries and add a bit of a costume-party feel to your vintage wedding for a more striking effect. The groom, for example, can don a thick velvet suit instead of the typical tux. Suspenders, polka-dot bow ties and hats are other accessories that the groomsmen can don for the special day.
Cake and table setting
Don’t undervalue the importance of table settings as well. This is not the time to invest in ultra-contemporary, sterling silver table settings and decorations. Go for softer hues instead. Pale pink, blue, cream, beige and ecru will definitely enhance your vintage wedding. Lace napkins or tablecloths are absolute must-haves in any old-fashioned weddings.
As far as the cake goes, try to decorate it with varying shades of peach or pink for a more pronounced vintage look. Candies in old-fashioned jars or tubes will most certainly make your guests nostalgic for the bygone days. If you can’t afford to invest in some vintage table place cards, why don’t you go for DIY cards using clothes pins, vintage frames and twine? Bear in mind that it’s not necessary to match every place card: in fact, contrasting cards will bring quite a lot of emphasis to the overall theme of the day.
Red and Green may be the Christmas colors by excellence, but, an all-green Christmas wedding can bring a more homely and rustic charm to the ceremony. Getting married at around Christmas time will undoubtedly provide you with one of the most- if not the most- magical events of your life. From the tree to the cookies, there are quite a few ways in which you can very easily incorporate a green theme to your ultra-special Christmas wedding. Best of all, contrary to what most people believe, you won’t even need a huge budget to adopt this theme. In fact, a green festive wedding demands quite a lot of DIY, which ultimately cuts back on certain costs.
If you want to go all the way, then, by all means, don’t hesitate to decorate your entire house and yard in a typical Christmas fashion. This way, you can very easily string green fairy lights around your front porch or trees, if you have any. This will certainly provide an exquisite backdrop to couples who are having a home wedding or, at the very least, a home reception. A lavish green Christmas wedding decor will also add a fun and festive touch to the overall atmosphere and put all the guests in a party mood!
Of course, there’s no rule which states that you can’t go for a green wedding cake. However, if this sounds a bit over the top for you, why don’t you opt for a typical white wedding day and spruce it up by adding some green touches around the cake? Hanging Christmas balls or pine needles are wonderful ways to infuse a festive look to your wedding cake table. Similarly, think about giving the customary champagne the sack in favor of a perfectly chilled eggnog for the wedding toast. In fact, you may even serve it up in green rimmed glasses for an ultra-Christmassy look!
Don’t forget that the best way to enhance a green theme would be to add some red touches to the overall decor. Some red sprinkles or red flowers around the wedding cake will draw more attention to the green theme. Don’t forget to select this hue for your wedding favors as well: Christmas tree cupcakes or Christmas cookies are the best ways to put your guests into a festive mood.
Of course, the bride can even don a green wedding dress. In fact, if your groom agrees to it, he can either wear a matching green tux or even a red one for a more Christmas-like look.